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  • DA pushes to revoke bond of rape suspect

    The District Attorney General’s Office will attempt to revoke rape suspect John Paul Little’s bond over his recent arrest on drug charges.

    Harriman police arrested Little on Sept. 9, 2012 on charges of child rape. He was released from jail in March after posting a $25,000 property bond. He remained free until Oct. 8 when he was arrested along with six other people after police allegedly detected an odor commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine emanating from his Harriman home. A subsequent search revealed three active one-pot meth labs.

  • Police arrest man for posing as police officer

    A man previously charged with criminal impersonation for posing as a police officer last week is now charged on a warrant for false imprisonment in connection to the incident.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to 2755 Sugar Grove Valley Road on Monday and took James Alvin Bolden Jr., 43, into custody.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said in talking with the district attorney general’s office it was determined Bolden should have been charged with false imprisonment as well. Phillips said Bolden had already made bond.

  • Hooks’ cousin talks about her local ties

    Saturday Night Live comic actress Jan Hooks, who died last week from throat cancer, has Roane County ties.

    “It was a very, very sad day,” said Linda Campbell Swafford, her first cousin from Harriman.

    Hooks parodied notable figures like Tammy Faye Bakker, former first lady and eventual former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and even former first lady Nancy Reagan. She was in the cast from 1986 to 1991 with Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Chris Farley, Dennis Miller and Mike Myers.

    “She was just so, so good,” Swafford said.

  • Early voting underway again

    Early voting for the Nov. 4 election begins this week in Tennessee.

    Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins are encouraging Tennesseans to take advantage of the convenience of early voting, which will continue through Oct. 30.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A good alternative choice for governor, John J.

    Gentle reader, we must start out with a reminder that we intended to include in last week’s column but inadvertently omitted, concerning the election, which began with early voting yesterday. This reminder is about the governor’s race.

    If you can not bring yourself to give a vote of approval to our oil company billionaire governor’s continuation in the executive mansion, but don’t feel inclined to vote for Mr. Brown, remember that there is an alternative candidate — Hon. John J. Hooker.

  • Oliver Springs: Don’t close our school

    No decisions have been made to close any Roane County schools, according to officials.

    That didn’t stop a large group of Oliver Springs High School supporters from showing up at Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    “As you can tell, we’ve come out in force,” Oliver Springs resident Glen Haney said. The show of support was because of rumors that Oliver Springs High School may be closed.

  • Amendment language not clear to voters

    Amendment 1 opponents are complaining about the language voters will see on the ballot when they head to the polls today — Wednesday — for the start of early voting.

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  • Hopes high for grants for Rockwood’s Fuller Park

    Rockwood officials have big goals for Tom Fuller Park. They kicked off renewed attempts to make them a reality at a public hearing Monday.

    The first public hearing was to explore applying for a transportation enhancement grant for a possible trailhead, with walking trails (or sidewalks) to where they stop past Ridge View Elementary School.

    Those plans include construction of a possible pavilion with restrooms and other amenities.